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    Can anyone tell me if this ammo crate ww1 era? I would just like to know a little more about it if anyone has some knowledge on it. Thank you for the help.
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    Hi Kyle,

    The box does look similar to other examples of ammo crates that I have seen previously, but obviously like a lot of items of equipment used during WW1, there was a lot of variety but no longer a lot that have survived as they would have been repurposed post war as opposed to being souvenired like helmets, guns and edged weapons etc. The writing on the side roughly translates to “return to homeland for processing”. Perhaps some of our German speaking members can provide a more accurate translation. Below for comparison, is a similar WW1 German example that is dated 1915. Very similar construction and closure system, and with the same red ink? this time used for a red stamp.

    Hope this helps,
    Andy
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    Another, similar example from my collection, though of later, economy production, with woven hemp handles, leather hinges and a single, buckled securing strap.
    The curious thing about this one is that it was supplied to Russia, in 1917, and stencilled in German and Russian - perhaps to help fuel the revolution and civil war, thus keeping them out of the great war...
    It remained in Russian service in 1941, evidenced by the paper labels pasted inside the lid.
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    That’s a great example Rob! I’ve never really looked at these too closely as a potential item to collect thinking the shipping would be too much. But I can see they are very interesting in their own right. I also like the wicker shell carriers that you sometimes see in period photos and occasionally for sale.

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    I quite agree, Andy. All of these things (crates, wicker tubes, &c.), are worth grabbing. As you say, they are not particularly glamorous and most of them ended up as firewood or just rotting away.. others became toolboxes. Any with original markings surviving are definitely worthy of rescue.
    Interesting to see the number of slight variations in this thread already!

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